Coming to UFC Fight Night 84, Thales Leites will be putting his 25-5 record against a heavily experienced fighter in Gegard Mousasi who has a professional fighting record at 37-6-2.
In preparation, Leites was already a spectator of Mousasi from a far and has been doing his homework coming to the fight.
“He’s really dangerous, comes from the striking area and competed at K-1, PRIDE, and is a former Strikeforce champion. He has a lot of experience,” Leites said.
Mousasi, who has fought 45 battles in his professional career, looks to make a comeback after getting beat up by Urijah Hall in UFC Fight Night 84.
With the upcoming fight, Leites wants to be patient on fighting Mousasi.
“He’s very calm, and that’s one of his biggest strengths. He doesn’t waste many blows. He’s dangerous. He has an excellent stand-up and takedown defense, and he’s good on the ground. He’s a complete fighter, but I’m ready for everything.”
“I’ve analyzed all of his fights, including the ‘Jacare’ loss,” said Leites. “A fight is a fight and you can’t look at one fight only because you work on your mistakes to get better. But that’s an option. The fight starts standing, though, and you have to close the distance if you want to take him down. The fight starts standing, and we will strike. Versatility is the word. In this fight, who’s more versatile will win.”